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Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
Anyone who grew up in Utah will remember buying these Cookies at ZCMI...they were the BEST cookies, but ever since ZCMI was bought by Macy's they haven't been available. This recipe was posted in the August 13th 2008 Salt Lake Tribune and I thought I'd post it here for anyone else who remembers these wonderful cookies!
- 2 cups shortening, I use transfat free
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons water
- 6 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 cups raisins
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
- For dough:.
- Cream together shortening and sugars.
- Add eggs, one at a time. Beating well after each addition.
- Stir in water.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, salt and soda.
- Add wet ingredients, mixing well.
- Divide dough into four parts.
- Roll each section into a 2 inch thick log.
- Wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper.
- Chill for several hours or overnight.
- For Filling:.
- Combine ingredients for filling in a saucepan.
- Stir and heat to boiling.
- Cook until thickened - then cool.
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Using one roll of dough at a time, cut dough into 1/4 inch thick slices.
- Lay slices on a greased baking sheet, leaving ample space between cookies.
- Place a teaspoon of filling on dough.
- Place another slice of dough on top, dough slices can be left unsealed, or for a slight decoration, press together with tines of a fork.
- Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool on rack, cookies freeze well.
My family loved this cookie! The recipe is easy to use. I doubled the amount of raisin filling in each cookie and gently pressed the top cookie layer over the filling. The cookies really do increase in size, so give plenty of room when placing on baking sheet. Make lots because they disappear quickly!
Oh I'm so glad I came upon this recipe. I knew I would like it immensely as I also love datefilled cookies. They remind me of when I was a kid and when my gramma would make these and the date filled. I made these especially for my dad as he love anything raisin and also mincemeat pie. They are superb. I cut the recipe in 1/2 as I really didn't need 48 cookies, although I did read your directions about being able to freeze them as well. These will make a lovely addition for holiday trays. Thanks for this keeper Johnny!!!